In a recent blog post by W-Systems, an Elite SugarCRM Partner, the W-Systems team shows a great example of how to create a custom field type in Sugar 7 that allows you to place specially formatted text within a view.
This loadable module creates a new field type that allows you to format specific text on a record view to make it more noticeable to the reader. For instance if you want to bring special instructions or alerts to the record reader you may want to increase the text font size, change the font color or font background.
This custom field type is a great way to place in-line notifications on the Sugar 7 user interface. You can also add as many as you want to the same view via Sugar Studio as you can see in the screenshot below.
Custom fields allow Sugar Developers to get a lot of mileage out of a little work. Developers focused on CRM implementations or who rely on the help of non-programmers to do Sugar administration and configuration should think about how they can use custom field types to get their projects done faster while using less code.
Head over to the W-Systems blog to find out more and try out this package for yourself! I did have to turn display_errors off in my php.ini when I tried it out in my Sugar 7.5.2 dev environment. Otherwise I couldn’t create the new fields.